Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Activities for Preschoolers In The Summer

Summer is here - finally! Although it is a bit cooler than normal for around this time of year, it is still nice to see the sunny days and clear skies.

Summer is a great time for you to get outside with your kids and try out some unique activities for preschoolers. Physical activity is something that children need more of these days. With the growing popularity of video games over the last couple decades, as well as television etc. we see alot of children and preschoolers being baby sat by the tv sets.

Don't get me wrong, television can be fun and even educational, but everything has to be in balance.

Childhood Obesity:

Yes, there are more cases of childhood obesity happening today than ever before. Too many boxed and processed breakfasts, lunches and suppers for children. No thought or little thought goes into providing nutritious, healthy snacks for kids, healthy preschool lunches and suppers for kids.

Treats always seem to be candy for children. What about providing wholesome delicious snacks that are good for children and adults!

Outdoor Activities For Preschool Kids  and Children:

Kids can play in splash pools at the local park, supervised of course. There are many outside games and activities like hide and go seek, tag or what about simply kicking a ball around, helping you clean up the yard or helping you to pick up litter around the house.

Being outside gives you opportunities to teach kids about nature, talk about the different animals and wildlife and why we have to respect them and take care of them and respect living things. Also, we can develop respect for the environment and the earth by teaching kids about pollution and littering and why these are bad.

Preschool Outdoor Art Activities:

Preschool Art Activity #1

You could do something as simple as let your kids sketch with some crayons, drawing the trees they see, the sunny sky or different birds or animals they may see.

Preschool Art Activity #2

On a summer day you can give your kids some bigger paint brushes and a bucket of water and let them paint using the water on a flat concrete or brick wall. The water of course evaporates and no harm is done. Kids Love it!

Preschool Art Activity #3

Along a section of a chain link fence, between a couple of trees or on an old wall you could tie an old 'white sheet'.

Give the kids some paint brushes and some non toxic children's paint and let them paint anything they want and a variety of colors etc. The 'white sheet' acts like a big white canvas!

It's alot of fun!

Well, thats it for this post on preschool activities for the summer time! Visit our preschool & kids websites for more great activities, kindergarten printables and more!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

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Spelling for kids. It isn’t always easy to teach your kids to spell, or help your children to learn the alphabet.

As parents or educators what can be done to help teach your kids with their spelling?

Are there any spelling activities or spelling games that be done to familiarize kids with spelling of common, everyday words?

Can you accelerate your child’s learning curve and actually help children learn to spell faster?

The answer is YES! Obviously you need to familiarize your child, children or preschoolers with the letters of the alphabet first.

Children need to recognize what the letter looks like, how it is printed and how you say it’s name.

Doing exercises and quizzing your children on letters will work wonders with regards to them learning letters.

One thing you can do as parents or teachers is as follows.

Write out each letter of the alphabet. You could write ‘1’ large letter of the alphabet on a piece of paper or Bristol board (it’s a bit more durable.)

The letters could be made big and bold using a thick, black permanent marker or paint.

You would want to use rhymes to teach your children the order of the letters of the alphabet while you show each letter in its proper order.

You could use these to ‘quiz’ your children or preschoolers.

It would probably be best to quiz the children by showing them the chosen letter (starting at A) and continuing through the alphabet, again all in order until they have a solid understanding of the order of the letters of the alphabet.

You could ‘quiz’ them further and give them examples of words that start with the ‘letter you are showing’.

For example, “A is for apple, ape, ant”. You could name a few then have them try to list a few names that they may think start with the letter you are showing.

Practice makes perfect. Remember, this isn’t going to happen right away!

You have to help to really make them understand the letters, the order in which they come in the alphabet and how you say them.

After that time giving examples of simple words that start with the chosen letter really help them to advance that much more.

You could also use words found in the newspaper or words in magazines to quiz your child.

You could cut out big, bolded words and have an assortment of short words to start (Ex.) cat, dog, hat, boat etc.

Have them move from ‘left’ to ‘right’ and go one letter at a time to say each ‘letter’ as it appears.

This really helps to make it fun and challenging for kids. It is nice to really ‘praise’ them up when they identify each ‘letter’ as it appears moving from the left side to the right side.

After you have done this for a while you can start working on helping them to sound words out etc.

You don’t want to move too quickly, but you want to really help your children to develop the basics first, then, expand on those spelling and letter identification skills.

*It is good to also have your child practice printing letters, lower and upper case.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Winter Theme Activities- Making a Paper Snow Flake

Winter Theme Ideas and Activities For Kids:

Looking for some great winter theme activities or winter art activities for teaching kids?
Winter is here. Why not use some of these ideas to spruce up the classroom, or keep the children busy with a fun winter art activity?

If you want to know how to make paper snowflakes, check the activity in the video below for some great ideas.

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